Ibis HD5 Mullet
Well, like any great mystery there’s only one image of this one, but at least it’s not blurry… This Ibis HD5 Mullet was wrapped up late but we had to shoot it before it went to it’s new home.
This bike features a slightly under-traveled fork to keep the mullet’s 29″ front end at a similar total height of the 27.5″ option. This gives the bike a more “as designed” headtube angle and therefor trail measurement.
Building a Mullet with the same amount of fork travel would notably slacken the bike out. When you go too slack with a bike it doesn’t want to change direction due to increase in the wheel flop as well as the modified contact points.
Working to keep the axle to crown measurement closer to the 27.5″ design allows BikeCo’s mullet builds to maintain a personality closer to the stock design. The advantages of the bigger wheel include increased angle of attack from the larger diameter, slightly mellower handling from the larger wheel / mass as well as notably improved braking.
Highlights of this Mullet HD5
Built for a long-time BikeCo client this is a special bike and it was great to see it leave the shop with a stoked rider.
BikeCo Pro Tune suspension front and rear help personalize the performance window and setup.
Industry Nine stem and Chris King inset headset in orange give the bike some added pop. One-Up carbon bar, seatpost and chain guide. SRAM X01 AXS drivetrain with a 52t copper cassette and a Wolf Tooth Oval chainring drive the bike. Magura MT7 with HC3 levers and Hope 2 piece orange rotors stop it.
And once again this build is highlighted with custom Chris King wheels. The matte mango King hubs are laced to WTB aluminum KOM Tough rims with DT Swiss spokes.
Chris King hubs, serviced approximately yearly, have a near infinite service life. King products are made in Portland Oregon giving your bike some Made in the USA credibility. Wolf Tooth as well as some Industry Nine products are as well.
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